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Twist for Android uses GPS to tell your friends you’ll be late

There’s a brand new app that was just released today for Android called Twist. We all have that friend or sibling that is just late for everything right? I’ll be there in 10. Then they leave 8 minutes later are are 20 minutes late. Twist for Android looks to curb that by using GPS to give you a real-time alert on progress, as well as the estimated time of arrival. Read on for more details.

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Without revealing exactly where you are to friends and family (who would want to be tracked, this isn’t Mission Impossible). Instead it uses GPS and cell tower signals and location to estimate, and for the most part accurately report when you’ll arrive at a destination. You can fire up the app and then quickly share details, and that ETA information with friends and family, Facebook, or whatever you’d like.

The app obviously knows if you’re walking, driving, or taking public transit as well as letting you chose the options that best fits the situation. I like the fact that once you send out the notification it adds you to their site. While it won’t tell anyone your exact location, the people you’ve sent a notification to can then track the progress, or check for status updates if they are getting impatient.

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The app actually uses Microsoft’s Bing apps, even though Google’s recently opened up their maps API for developers. While we probably don’t expect them to switch over, the experience has been rather impressive with Bing. Instead of always having to send a quick “be there soon” text message, especially while driving (who does that) you’ll now just fire Twist up as you head out the door — and commute in peace. Get it now absolutely free from the link below and give this neat new app a try.

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[New App] Twist Tells Your Friends How Late You Are Running

unnamedWe all have that one friend – you know the one. Always running a little late, and everyone has to wait for him or her to show up. Well, now that Twist is on Android, you can find out in real time how much longer you’re going to be standing around. It’s like putting one of those radio tracker animal collars on your friends.

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Twist uses GPS and cell tower location to accurately determine how long it will take you to arrive at an appointment. You can share that information automatically with your friends so they know when to expect you.

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Review: Stealth Checkers is Chess Hybrid with a Twist

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Developer: Ed Bond  
Price: $0.99   Download

The holidays are upon us and that means one thing … and no, I’m not talking about presents galore … I’m referencing the amount of time we’ll have on our hands over the holiday break — in planes, trains and automobiles. Undoubtedly, you’ll be looking for your mobile device to keep you occupied and one app you should definitely check out is Stealth Checkers.

Stealth Checkers is no ordinary checkers game. Think the movements of and the strategy of checkers. Quiet the twist on the old school . At first it seems a bit confusing, but rest assured that it’s a lot of fun and can be understood fairly quickly.

The point of the game is separated into two game-ending strategies, total domination in the form of clearing the board of your opponent’s men or by simply capturing their pièce de résistance in the form of their king. (more…)

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Pixel Twist for Android, a Fantastic Puzzle Game From Noodlecake Studios

I stumbled upon Pixel Twist just a bit ago in Google Play. So far, I’m really loving it. For a puzzle game, it isn’t all that hard, but what I do like is the concept. You’re given a bunch of random-looking pixels and an image that you need to match them up with. To make [...]

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GO Dev Team releases ‘Next Launcher’; Looks like SPB Shell with a Twist and a similar price Tag

Home screen replacements are a dime a dozen in the Play Store and more keep getting added all the time. The kings of the launcher scene have been ADW Launcher EX, Apex, Nova and GO Launcher. We know many of you have tried all of those. There was one that was released a while back called SPB Shell 3D. It was highly anticipated, but seemed to fail on multiple levels for many people. Especially in the price tag department.

Now it appears that the GO Launcher Dev Team is on a similar path with the recent release of their latest home replacement launcher project called Next Launcher. The new launcher does add in quite a few new fantastic looking 3D effects alongside a wide variety of customization. Next is all about flare and eye-candy really. Making your home screens and navigation fluid and visually appealing.  You really need to watch the video to get a good grasp on how it looks and works.

It sure is flashy. It seems to have quite a few things that look to have some great potential. The 3D screen preview is very reminiscent of SPB Shell 3D, but with more functionality  Instead of auto sorting apps this is just a clever and visually stimulating way to preview all your screens. The multiple select ability looks pretty nice as well. I know there have been plenty of times where I have wanted to clear off a series of apps from the home screen or grab multiple ones for a folder. It offers up some of its own custom widgets as well. Something that we all love, but hate to see locked into a launcher and not cross compatible. For instance the Switch Widget. It is a free widget that can be used with Next Launcher that allows you to create toggles, or switches, on your home screen. You saw that in the video above. Seems nice, but again, is it something we really need?

    For now all I can personally do is look at the images and the video and see that there is potential for it to be great. It is so different that I am not sure I am prepared to take the time it would need for me to learn a whole new launcher set up and style though, especially at the launch price tag of $15.99. That ranks it up there with the likes of TSF Shell ($16.81) and SPB Shell 3D ($14.95). Neither of which persuaded me into spending that kind of money on a launcher. We applaud the GO Launcher Dev Team for their work on the launcher, it does look pretty slick and is no doubt worth the price tag they launched it at. Anyone out there interested in picking this up? If you do spend the money to snag it, be sure to let us know how it works out for you.

Application: Next Launcher
Developer: GO Launcher Dev Team
Cost: $15.99

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Do The Twist: Pixel Twist Review

pixeliconFor all the shooters and racing games that mobile fans see, there’s another subset that seems specifically made for the touch environment. “Zen” games are popular because they’re relatively simple, can be played in short bursts to cure boredom, and ultimately allow their audience to sit back and relax. Pixel Twist fulfills all three of those criteria.

Pixel Twist starts off quite simple: you’re given an exploded view of an image, like a lime, painting or game controller, and by moving the camera around you can line up the pixels so that they form a complete picture.

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As you can see from the left screenshot, the game provides a hint to particularly frazzled players on the first few levels, but eventually they disappear.

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Distro Issue 68: PC game designers and the quest for compatibility

Distro Issue 68: PC game designers and the quest for compatibility

Well friends, the week’s end brings with it an issue of our tablet mag that’s hot off the digital presses. PC gaming nabs the cover story this time out as we take a look at the task of insuring compatibility across a set of devices that adds customized models constantly. If full-length gadget reviews are what you’re after, we put the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE and Nintendo Wii U through their paces. Will.i.am’s latest venture hits Hands-On, Oakley’s high-tech eyewear occupies Eyes-On and Weekly Stat tracks holidays on Instagram. Visit your preferred reading repository to grab a copy before settling in for some weekend R&R.

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Nokia Lumia 822 review: the pride of Espoo returns to Verizon Wireless

Nokia Lumia 822 review the pride of Espoo returns to Verizon Wireless

Three years. That’s how long it’s been since Nokia has offered a phone for the largest carrier in the US: a unique (and yet wholly forgettable) device known as the Twist. Needless to say, the arrival of the Lumia 822 at Verizon Wireless comes at a crucial time for Nokia, which must quickly establish itself in the United States if it hopes to remain a legitimate contender in the smartphone realm. That’s a lot of weight to carry on one’s shoulders — even for a mighty Finn.

Fortunately, the Lumia 822 is well-suited to help establish a beachhead on Lady Liberty’s shores. At just $100 on-contract, it’s a good value and deserves genuine consideration from OS switchers and first-time smartphone buyers alike. Granted, it lacks the premium display and camera wizardry of the Lumia 920, but with greater built-in storage and a better front-facing camera, it narrowly bests the Lumia 820 for AT&T and the Lumia 810 for T-Mobile. Add to that Data Sense — a new data monitoring and compression feature of Windows Phone 8, but currently exclusive to Verizon — and the Lumia 822 easily becomes the most compelling of Nokia’s mid-range Windows Phone lineup. Even if its design is a bit… bland.

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Nokia Lumia 822 review: the pride of Espoo returns to Verizon Wireless

Nokia Lumia 822 review the pride of Espoo returns to Verizon Wireless

Three years. That’s how long it’s been since Nokia has offered a phone for the largest carrier in the US: a unique (and yet wholly forgettable) device known as the Twist. Needless to say, the arrival of the Lumia 822 at Verizon Wireless comes at a crucial time for Nokia, which must quickly establish itself in the United States if it hopes to remain a legitimate contender in the smartphone realm. That’s a lot of weight to carry on one’s shoulders — even for a mighty Finn.

Fortunately, the Lumia 822 is well-suited to help establish a beachhead on Lady Liberty’s shores. At just $100 on-contract, it’s a good value and deserves genuine consideration from OS switchers and first-time smartphone buyers alike. Granted, it lacks the premium display and camera wizardry of the Lumia 920, but with greater built-in storage and a better front-facing camera, it narrowly bests the Lumia 820 for AT&T and the Lumia 810 for T-Mobile. Add to that Data Sense — a new data monitoring and compression feature of Windows Phone 8, but currently exclusive to Verizon — and the Lumia 822 easily becomes the most compelling of Nokia’s mid-range Windows Phone lineup. Even if its design is a bit… bland.

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[New Game] Noodlecake brings creative rotating puzzle game, Pixel Twist, to Android

If you have a hankering to challenge your eyes, your mind and your fingers, Pixel Twist is right up your alley. The games original name was Coign of Vantage and is currently a Flash-Based game that was created by bobblebrook. It is pretty popular and pretty intense. Noodlecake Studios saw a great chance to make this game available for Android and here it is.

The object of the game is to rotate a  the play area, which is composed of colored blocks, or pixels. They are all floating in 3D space area. They don’t look like anything when you first start out, but as you rotate the entire pixel cloud, you will eventually get them to line up to create an image. You are shown what image you are attempting to create on the upper right hand corner of your screen. See, take a look.

  Don’t expect the image to face the same direction as the pixel cloud though. I made that mistake on a few attempts and failed miserably. Check out what I mean in the orginal launch trailer for Coign of Vantage.

It really does take patience and brain power to line these little pixels up. It will auto form the image if you get it close enough, but you have to have it nearly perfect. The game features over 80 puzzles to complete and has two game modes to try your hand at. The first mode is all about speed. It is called “10 on time”. This mode challenges you to complete 10 puzzles as fast as you can. The catch, you only have a minute and thirty seconds to do it. The second mode is a continuous mode. It lets you just keep solving puzzles as long as you can. You gain more time after each one is solved. The faster you do it, the more time you get and the better your score is.

The game is absolutely free. It does have some ads that pop up much like the new Angry Birds Star Wars. They take over the screen and you can just hit the ‘X’ to close them. I didn’t notice any pop up during game play, just on launch of the games and before you start a selected games mode. You can remove the ads with an in-app purchase, but when I attempted to do so, it prompted an error and wouldn’t let me.

This is definitely a game you should all have in your time waster folder. It will keep you busy, frustrated and happy all at the same time. To snag this one up just click or scan the handy little QR code below as always. Hope you guys enjoy it.

Application: Pixel Twist
Developer: Noodlecake Studios Inc
Cost: FREE

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[New Game] Noodlecake’s Pixel Twist Is A Colorful, Relaxing ‘Little Zen Exercise’

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Inspired by the popular Flash-based puzzler Coign of Vantage by Bobblebrook (which has also been available as an iOS game for some time), Noodlecake has released their latest creation to the Play Store – Pixel Twist.

The game’s listing describes it as “a unique little ‘zen exercise’,” and it undoubtedly lives up to that billing. The goal of the game is simple – rotate a cloud of pixels until it matches a specified image. Each image is a pixelated version of some object like a tree, or an apple, or the moon. At the beginning of each stage, the player is greeted by an ethereal cluster of floating cubes which can then be rotated in any direction to match the image.

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Checkm8 1.1 for iOS – Friend Discovery App with a Twist

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Developer: Checkm8 Labs, Inc.  
Price: free   Download

Checkm8 Labs today is pleased to introduce Checkm8 1.1 for iOS, their friend discovery application that connects users with people around them. The key to Checkm8 is mutual interest between users without the fear of rejection. Users check-in to a location and view the other Checkm8 users nearby. When two users ‘check’ each other, Checkm8! Otherwise, the interested party’s ‘check’ is not revealed. Checkm8s can safely chat through the in-app messenger to gauge whether they have more in common.

With Facebook as the dominant network focusing on maintaining relationships, Checkm8 Labs anticipates friend discovery as the next major movement in the space. Often, connections are missed because people are afraid to approach someone for the first time. Checkm8 replaces that anxiety with the ability to discover people around who may have shared interests. Now, meeting people is easier in any setting – from coffee shops to classrooms to live . Checkm8 can be used with Facebook friends, people that users see everyday, or those they have yet to meet.

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Sudoku with a Fun Character Twist – Charaku App for iPhone and iPad

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Developer: Smileypop, LLC  
Price: free   Download

Charaku is the new way to play . No numbers, just cute characters. Forget typing or tapping. Drag and drop the different funny faces into place. For the countless fans out there, they’ll enjoy a more visually appealing way to play their favorite . For everyone else, the gameplay mechanics will have them flexing their fingers and their brain as they solve each increasingly difficult challenge.

Sudoku has become an international hit and gathered millions of players. Charaku aims to increase that fan base by removing the mathematical element and replacing it with something simpler to learn but just as challenging to solve. While there have been various spinoffs of this popular puzzle game, using characters in lieu of numbers is a cute and friendly way to attract new players to the genre. Especially for children, it is a great way to introduce the problem solving skills needed for more complicated types of games.

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[Game Review] Noodlecake’s HueBrix Is A Deceptively Simple Puzzler That You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

unnamedAndroid developer Noodlecake has a reputation for making clean, incredibly fun games. Its newest effort is called HueBrix, and it just arrived in Google Play a few days ago. This is a puzzle game that has a simple premise: fill in all the squares. You will only make it a few minutes before the cunning level design starts the slow process of melting your brain.

Gameplay And Controls

There are over 400 levels in HueBrix, but all of them start in basically the same way. You have a grid of white squares that need to be covered with colored lines. Just drag a path from the various starting blocks to fill in all the spaces.

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[New Game] HueBrix From NoodleCake Studios Is A Puzzle Game That Will Twist Your Brain Into Knots

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There are puzzle games. Then, there are puzzle games. If you’re a fan of having your brain melted, then Noodlecake Studios’ new game HueBrix might fit the bill perfectly.

If Tetris, snake, and one of those “unblock” games had a baby, it would be HueBrix. The goal of the game is to “drag paths from block to fill out the puzzle grid.” Sounds easy enough, right? Sure, but each color block only allows a path of a certain length and orientation. Doesn’t sound so simple now, does it? Didn’t think so.

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If you’re the type who likes a good challenge to kill time, hit the link, drop a buck, and give HueBrix a shot.

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Sony Showing Off PlayStation Mobile Games

During GameCom 2012, Sony had held a press event at the beginning of it. During that time, they announced their new PlayStation Mobile, which is essentially a re-branding of the PlayStation Suite. It’s no surprise that they did this, I kind of wonder if it has to deal with their acquisition of Gaikai and possibly the integration of it. Not only that, but Sony has also announced details on what this new service will be doing. It is supposed to offer various games to the PlayStation Vita and Android PlayStation certified devices. Those are most likely to stick around a lot of the Xperia devices.

We currently only know about 11 different games that will soon be arriving on the PlayStation Mobile service. There are actually a whole lot of developers that are on board with releasing different titles onto the PlayStation Mobile service. We got to actually see what some of these games that will be on the PlayStation Mobile service are. Here’s a few of them that was teased:

  • Tractor Trails
  • Twist Pilot
  • Tipper
  • Aqua Kitty
  • Samurai Beatdown
  • Underline
  • Beat Slider

Sony had decided that they would tease all of their viewers by showing off a few different screenshots of various versions of gameplay for the many different titles they plan on releasing. So far, everything is looking absolutely fantastic. That said, those of you that are huge fans of gaming genres such as action, strategy or platforming, this could soon be able to solve your gaming fix. That is, if you have a Sony certified device. There’s been no exact date as to when each game will be available for purchase, but it is suspected that we’ll be seeing almost everything by the end of fall.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out for Sony. They’ve actually been doing a lot lately, such as setting up their new cloud gaming service after the complete acquisition of Gaikai. It’ll be interesting to see if they will be integrating that with PlayStation mobile. Then again, it might be useless when it comes to just being able to download these games to your device. Then again, they could expand upon it to let you play PlayStation games on your mobile device like OnLive lets you play PC games on it. Honestly, I think that would be pretty cool, but I also wonder if the PlayStation Mobile service will kind of be like a App Store too. Who knows, we’ll just have to see what ends up happening.

Were you able to see what PlayStation Mobile was like at the GameCom 2012, or have you heard anything about it? If so, let us know in the comments below, we’d love to have some more information on this new service. Either way, stay tuned with TheDroidGuy to keep up to date on this new service that Sony will be launching!

 

 

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Sony Teases Its Playstation Mobile Gaming Service With Screenshots Of Its Exclusive Titles

 

For all you obsessed Playstation gamers, Playstation Mobile is here. Well— it’s more or less a renaming of Sony’s existing Playstation Suite for Playstation-certified devices and there looks to be plenty of promise for Sony’s revamped service. Droid Gamers reports there is an ever-growing list of titles set to be available to those gamers including Tractor Trails, Twist Pilot, Tipper, Aqua Kitty, Samurai Beatdown, Underline and Beat Slider. Sony decided to tease everyone and show off a couple of screenshots of the various gameplay for the different titles and so far, everything looks good. So yes friends, fans of gaming genres such as action, strategy or platform will soon be able to your gaming fix. Of course there’s no exact date on when each game will be available, but we suspect will see everything by this fall.

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[New App Review] Current Caller ID Brings Solid Caller ID With A Social Twist, If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing

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Android’s selection of good incoming Caller ID apps is a bit meager. While a search of the Play Store yields many options, most of them are deficient in one important way or another (or, not free), or flat-out sketchy. One of the more popular ones was actually WhitePages Caller ID – which Current Caller ID replaces, as it’s made by the same company.

What makes WhitePage’s app special (and better than others), in part, is that it utilizes the company’s rather extensive curated directory of phone numbers – over 300 million currently.

Current Caller ID also brings in a social element, pulling data from your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts to provide even more information about the people calling you.

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News: Sudokanji – A New Sudoku App with a Twist

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Developer: Auman Software, LLC  
Price: free   Download

Sudokanji 1.1 for iOS offers users a spin on . Sudokanji, with kanji tiles, includes beautiful Asian inspired graphics with kanji numeral tiles that also enhance the overall experience. Twenty four different games of various difficulty levels are available daily to keep enthusiasts challenged. Check your best time for solving each Sudokanji against other users on Sudokanji’s leader board.

Earn and collect achievements as you play. Such achievements include first puzzle solved, 24th level puzzle solved, and various achievements for solving easy, medium, hard puzzles within certain time limits.

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News: Tower Defense Action Takes an Epic Fantasy Twist on iOS w/ Kill Devils

Kill Devils – kill monsters to resist invasion & unite races!  
Developer: Sun Ground Co., Ltd.  
Price: $0.99   Download

SUN GROUND Interactive Entertainment Co. Ltd, a burgeoning new web and mobile game developer, is excited to announce the launch of Kill Devils onto the App Store. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running on iOS 4.3 or later, this vibrantly dynamic game challenges players to unite the six races living in the fantasy realm of Ashan and defend their world from seemingly endless waves of evil enemy invaders and dragons!

A treat for casual gamers and hardcore tower defense game fans alike, Kill Devils throws players behind the controls of a defense tower where they’ll have to utilize good aim and timing to defeat waves of enemies, power up their tower guns and magic spells strategically to keep up with ever more dangerous invading waves, and ultimately keep the towers they man in tact! Complete with stunningly colorful graphics, smooth controls, and utterly addicting gameplay, Kill Devils is normally available for download on the App Store for $0.99 in the Games category but will be free for a limited time only in celebration of its launch!

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Google Now port to ICS makes head way, Voice now working with a Twist

Everyone that can’t have Jelly Bean just yet still really wants Google Now. We reported on a port that was being worked on where it would install, but you had to type everything. That sort of defeated the purpose of the whole experience. We all want voice. Now there is a new process for installation that gets the amazing Google Now service up and running with voice functionality. Before you tell your boss you feel sick so you can run home and install it, there is still one minor issue. While voice is now working where you can tell it to do stuff and look for stuff, once you have said your peace, you have to get the search button physically. Not a huge deal, as it beats the heck out of typing everything it.

The whole process will involve changing a file in the /system/app section of your device using a root explore app, adding in a new file and mounting the system. Then you need to reboot and install a voice app from the Play Store. If you are already lost then you might just want to sit this one out.

Current Status:
Working:
-It boots!
-searching through the text-box works
-location services work
-info cards work
-notifications work without modifying build.prop
-Voice now works through Jonny_G’s app

Not working:
-Can’t exit the app using the back button on the Google Now ‘Cards’ screen
-Full Jelly Bean voice search
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Devices this will NOT work on:
-Devices that are running anything before Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
-Devices not running an AOSP ROM (in most cases, try anyway and report back)

Still interested in giving it a test? Ya, we thought you might. We know David already has it up and running on his HTC One S sporting an AOSP build and he says it is working great and is really fast. He already set a calendar event. If you want to give it a go, head over to SilentStormer’s XDA thread for full instructions, required files and to join the discussion.

Source: XDA via Redmond Pie

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News: Wrackle 1.1 for iOS – A Quick Twist on Word Search Games

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Developer: Cullaboration Media  
Price: free   Download on the App Store
 

 

Cullaboration Media announces the release of Wrackle 1.1, a new twist on word search and word find games for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Wrackle combines the spelling of Boggle and the game play of Bejeweled to create a fast paced, brain challenging game. Players are given a six by six grid of letters and must find as many words as they can in 1 minute. Words may be selected up, down, left or right and letters may be swapped to help spell words. When a correctly spelled word is selected, those letters are removed from the board and replaced with new letters. Single and multiplayer options make Wrackle addictive to both the causal and competitive game player.

“By combining aspects of Boggle and Bejeweled, Wrackle makes you think quickly and plan ahead”, says Matt Johnston, co-founder of Cullaboration Media. “Don’t let the simplicity of the game fool you, trying to find words quickly can be challenging, especially with time running out.”

Single player mode includes 100 game boards that players incrementally unlock. High scores and achievements are posted to Game Center when available. Single player games are played in two variations: Dash and Survival. In Dash, players have one minute to find as many words as they can. In Survival, extra time is added to the game clock for each correctly spelled word.

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Nyx Mobile Twist Connect hands-on

Nyx Mobile Twist Connect hands-on

It’s not often that we write about a feature phone, but we were charmed by the Twist Connect’s unique design. The dual-SIM device prides itself on its integration with Nyx Messenger, social networks like Twitter and it’s MP3-playing abilities. It’s the music playing features that caught our attention. The whole bottom of the phone rotates, switching from a full QWERTY keyboard, to a set of dedicated music controls. In messaging mode the keypad is angled out on a chin to make typing easier, while keeping the screen in a better position for visibility — it wasn’t the greatest display, easily getting washed out at even slight angles under the conventions center’s lights. Give it a twist (hence the name) and the keyboard gets stuck to the rear, exposing a pair of stereo speakers and a set of controls to raise and lower the volume, skip tracks and, of course, play and pause your tunes. Otherwise, the bulky and plasticky handset holds little allure, but we’ll cheers Nyx Mobile for their special twist on the MP3 phone. Check out the gallery below for a few pics.

Nyx Mobile Twist Connect hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 May 2012 23:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nitro1 Adds a Fun Twist to the 3D Maze Game for iPhone and iPad

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Developer: Nitro1 Entertainment LLC
Price: $0.99
Download from the App Store
User Ratings:
4.5

Joining the ranks of other successful games that are captivating the world today on iPhones and iPads, Nitro1 announced their new game, CatCity as its first entry into the App Store. In a marketplace filled with competitive games, Nitro1 declares their new addition “1st of its kind in the App Store.”

With its unique gameplay and beautiful 3D graphics, CatCity is poised to be a hit with both children and adults. Vincent Curto, representative of Nitro1 describes the game. “CatCity is a fun, exciting new twist on the 3D single/multi-player maze game with a ‘capture the flag’ twist for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with eye-catching graphics. It is Retina ready, offers beautiful 3D graphics, lots of fun characters, is multi-player and offers randomized treat placement and intelligent enemies that keeps the game interesting.” And don’t forget the catchy music that you’ll be humming long after you’ve turned the game off.

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Flashout 3D is a Music-Infused Twist on Wipeout

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While my fondness for futuristic racers, such as Wipeout, has long faded, developers JuJubee S.A. might pull me in with their take on the genre. They’ve introduced a game called Flashout 3D, a graphically rich racer with bonuses and power-ups, online multiplayer, and a lot more. One big feature in that “a lot more” category are the music-enabled visuals.

The world around you will bump and move with the music playing. This feature isn’t exclusive to the in-game music JuJuBee’s provided, either – you can import your own music, making the experience that much more personal. Find the trailer above and be on the lookout for this in the Google Play Store sometime soon. [Droid Gamers]


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DressApp Adds Educational Twist to Dress Up Games Drops the Price for a Limited Time

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Developer: ICON, LLC
Price: free
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User Ratings:
4

A free fashion-fun app, DressApp is a combination fashion show and pattern-recognition game. DressApp is like a modern-day paper-doll and game rolled into one. Four fashion-forward cities – Paris, New York, Milan and Tokyo – are represented by different supermodels, each with their own array of fashion items to model. Players choose items and accessories by tapping on each icon and then proceed to play pattern recognition games that include the available items.

DressApp is designed to appeal to kids who like playing dress up or dressing their dolls in different outfits. Available items include tops, bottoms, shoes, belts, hair accessories, handbags, and glasses. There are options for sharing created fashion ensembles by email or saving photos to the device’s photo library. The pattern games are accessible from each model’s runway and include two stages.

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DressApp Adds Educational Twist to Dress Up Games

download app DressApp
Developer: ICON, LLC
Price: free
Download from the App Store
User Ratings:
4

A free fashion-fun app, DressApp is a combination fashion show and pattern-recognition game. DressApp is like a modern-day paper-doll and game rolled into one. Four fashion-forward cities – Paris, New York, Milan and Tokyo – are represented by different supermodels, each with their own array of fashion items to model. Players choose items and accessories by tapping on each icon and then proceed to play pattern recognition games that include the available items.

DressApp is designed to appeal to kids who like playing dress up or dressing their dolls in different outfits. Available items include tops, bottoms, shoes, belts, hair accessories, handbags, and glasses. There are options for sharing created fashion ensembles by email or saving photos to the device’s photo library. The pattern games are accessible from each model’s runway and include two stages.

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Epic Defense Is A Magical Twist On The Tower Defense Genre, Has Way More Than Two Towers

epictinyBefore you ask, yes, this is another tower defense game, but this one is actually unique enough to merit a mention. Where most tower defense games opt for a linear upgrade path for a set of towers, all purchased from money accumulated by killing enemies, Epic Defense uses a less linear and more experimental approach.

Instead of having an array of towers you can purchase for various prices, you’re given a set of blank, featureless towers. Each basic tower has no weapons of its own, but is granted unique abilities by adding three gems to the tower. You have …

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Smappsoft releases Pokertini: Video Poker With A Twist! for iOS

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Developer: Smappsoft
Price: free
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User Ratings:
5

Smappsoft today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Pokertini: Video Poker With A Twist for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This new title, recently featured at MacWorld/iWorld, brings the classic casino favorite to a whole new level with a detailed and exciting strategic overlay.

In Pokertini: Video Poker With A Twist, players simultaneously play three independent video poker hands, and arrange their simulated bets to maximize payoffs on favored hands. (more…)

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RuniK – A New Twist on an Old Classic

These days, matching and bubble popping games are a dime a dozen. They’re all pretty much the same. So when I decided to try RuniK, I already had an opinion of the game before I even installed it. Fortunately, my snap judgment was way off base. RuniK is one of those rare games that gets everything mostly right, and keeps you coming back for more.

Gameplay
The basic goal of the game is to try to clear the screen of runes by selecting and removing adjacent runes of the same color. The bigger the number of runes you manage to remove in one go, the more points you earn. Removing runes is as simple as tapping once to select the group, then tapping again to remove.

If there are no more moves, the remaining runes on the board get frozen and cannot be removed. The game board then fills up again with more runes, and it starts over again.

Most games would stop there. But RuniK takes it further by filling in the six special runes at the bottom of the screen as you successfully clear runes from the top. So, for example, if you remove a large group of green runes from the top, a portion of the corresponding rune at the bottom would get filled in. Once a special rune gets completely colored in, it becomes a “Super-Rune”.

Super Runes
A Super-Rune has two abilities. One, it increases the number of points earned when runes of the same color are removed from the top. Two, if you get into a jam you can click on a Super-Rune and it automatically removes all runes of the same color from the board. This can save your butt when you get into a tight spot.

So the idea is to fill in as many super runes as you can to maximize your points, but if the screen gets too full, you can cash in the Super-Runes to help clear the board. In the screenshot below, you will notice that the green rune on the bottom row is glowing, meaning that it is completely charged and has reached Super-Rune status. It is now ready to help generate more points, or sacrifice itself to remove all green runes (including any frozen green runes) at once if you need the help.

Sometimes, a bright and glowing “joker” rune will appear on the board. This rune acts as any adjacent color when you need it. Tap a red rune that is next to the joker rune, and both get selected. This comes in handy since you always have a move if a joker is present, and it can help link together groups of same-colored runes.

Challenges
Another smart move from developers SoFresh Team was to add side challenges, similar to Xbox Live Achievements. These increase the longevity and replayability of the game. They add that “carrot-and-stick” element that keeps people coming back just to get that last achievement.

Some example challenges:

  • The Pecker – Get more than 10,000 points in a single shot
  • The Bursar – Get 5 different Super-Runes charged at the same time
  • Hyper Combo – Get 20 runes in a single shot
  • Bronze Medal – Reach 100,000 points
There are a total of 20 different challenges you can accomplish simply by playing the game. And trust me, you’re going to be trying over and over again to reach these goals.

Double Your Pleasure
If you happen to be good enough to completely clear a screen of runes (trust me, it’s difficult, though my wife seems to be really good at it),  your final score when the game ends will get doubled. Clearing a screen is also one of the challenges mentioned above.

Social Scoring
Your final score is compared to other player scores in the high scores section. Here, you can see just how pathetic you are at RuniK. But that only serves to motivate you further to reach higher and higher scores. You can also add anyone to your buddy list if you want to follow certain players.

 

Losing
Once the entire screen is filled with non-removable runes, the game is over. So when you’re coming down to the wire, be sure to start using your Super-Runes to help clear up some space. Inevitably, though, the game will end.

No worries, though, since all you’re going to want to do after losing is start over and play again!

Conclusion
RuniK is one of those rare games that is just enough of a challenge to keep you interested, but not overly difficult to frustrate you.  It’s the first “bubble matching game” that I have played that has remained on my phone (and tablet), and gets installed on any new devices. The background music also sets a chill mood and doesn’t detract from gameplay.

The developer is very friendly and responsive. When I first installed RuniK on my Xoom tablet, it had layout issues, but after contacting the dev, he quickly updated the app and sent me an email when it was ready. You can’t ask for better service than that!

RuniK is free in the Android Market, supported by ads that are unobtrusive to gameplay. So what are you waiting for? Click the market link below (or scan the QR code) and start collecting runes today!

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